...one unforgettable voyage...under a captain whose words may echo in your mind and whose attitude may inform your spirit for the rest of your life.
(The Times (UK)
)An impressive writer. Like Fitzgerald, Hayden is a romantic. His writing about the sea evokes echoes of Conrad and McFee, of London and Galsworthy...Beautifully done.
(Los Angeles Times
)A superb piece of writing...Echoes from Poe and Melville to Steinbeck and Mailer. A work of fascination on every level.
(New York Post
)Hayden's wonderful autobiography Wanderer ...should be in every main salon aboard every boat. Hayden's life can't be emulated, but it is instructive
From the Publisher
Review: It's mighty nice of Sheridan House to reprint Wanderer for a new generation. Many may have missed this treasure its first time around in 1963, and its second printing in '77. The author, Hayden, was a hero to many sailors worldwide, as well as to workaday malcontents "living lives of quiet desperation." His searching autobiography reads like a novel; indeed, in today's vanilla world, with horizons shrinking for Everyman, Hayden's story seems a fantasy. Rest assured, it's not... He thumbed his nose at the movie industry, his ex-wife, and a judge's order forbidding him to take his children to sea in the ex-pilot schooner Wanderer. He sailed off to Tahiti anyway, deeply in debt, taking his children and a crew of friends. His defiance made big news. It made Hayden a public hero again, for lots of men longed to tell their bosses to shove it. Hayden did it, and it made perfect sense to a lot of us. When his book came out, we rushed to buy it. Our reward was an exceptional tale, especially for sailors.